OTR Links 02/29/2012
5 Blogging Tools to Make You More Productive
Face it: There’s always too much work to do and not enough time. That’s why the time you invest in creating shareable content must be cherished, guarded and used wisely. Whether you’re a freelancer, a marketing manager or blog just for fun, managing your time will help you write quickly and more often. Productivity doesn’t come naturally to most people, though. But luckily there are tools that can help.
AskGeo | Latitude and Longitude to Time Zone Conversion Web API
AskGeo provides a simple, fast, and accurate Interactive Map, Web API and Java Library for finding out the time zone information for a given location (latitude and longitude). It’s simple: you give latitude and longitude and the API returns the unix (Olson) time zone ID (e.g., “America/Chicago”, “Europe/London”), the Windows Standard Name for the time zone (e.g., “Pacific Standard Time”, “Central European Standard Time”), and the current offset from UTC.
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Linux computer the size of a thumb drive now available for preorder
FXI is preparing to launch the Cotton Candy, a tiny computer that looks like a USB thumb drive. The device, which can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video.
How Are Wikis Really Being Used in the K-12 Classroom?
Social media usage at the K-12 level has exploded over recent years, with some 40% of teachers saying they use blogs or wikis in the classroom. More social media, so the argument goes, means better communication, more collaboration, more learning opportunities. “In K-12 classrooms,” to borrow the Portlandia punchline, “you can start a wiki and just call it 21st century learning.”
Chrome now easily opens email links in Gmail, thanks to some HTML5 magic — Engadget
The next time you open up Gmail in Chrome keep an eye out for the prompt above, which uses HTML5 to finally close the gap between the way Google’s browser handles mailto: links and its popular email service.
iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » Wordia
What it is: Wordia is a site that has been around for a little while, I recently took a look at it again and was pleasantly surprised with the updates. Wordia is game-based platform that helps expose students to a variety of words and vocabulary.
Google Rewards You For Exploiting Chrome
Google is giving away a million bucks to those who can successfully hack Chrome
Apps in Education: Apps for Grading Assessments
Apps for Grading Assessments
Using rubrics and providing student’s feedback via the iPad has not been an area that has received a great deal of attention. This is, however, starting to change. I have recently spoken to a number of teachers who have developed apps that will allows teachers to use the iPad as a viable way of assessing student work. Some of these apps actually do more than just mark work. Check out the list and see if any would work for you and your students.
Microsoft teases transparent 3D desktop interface – Neowin.net
Innovation, it seems, is alive and well at Microsoft. In the last few hours, we’ve taken a look at two projects from Microsoft Research – make sure you check out both Illumishare and the Holoflector; now, Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group has shared a video of another project that combines Kinect technology with a transparent OLED screen, to create a transparent 3D desktop interface.
Microsoft Kinect Games Grocery Shopping at Texas Whole Foods | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
Last month, Chaotic Moon Labs’ Board of Awesomeness was one of the stars of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s a motorized skateboard tricked out with a Samsung tablet and Microsoft’s Kinect so that it can be steered by hand gestures and voice commands. But it turns that the Moon Lab had more on its mind than just skateboarding.
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